Duetto 1971 - Lombarda Restoration 15 yrs ago - needs some attention
I just discovered, and joined, the forum after a google search. I've owned a Duetto for 15 years, and it hasnt been driven more than 5 miles in the last 10 years. And the engine not turned for at least 8. It's be laid up under covers.
I bought it after a renovation from Lombarda Notting Hill (from Nick when he was still alive). This is the work he had done prior to me seeing and buying the car:
- interior upgraded to leather
- coachwork repairs plus paintjob incl. lacquer
- original 1600cc engine swapped out for a 2000cc motor
I bought the car as a trade in for my Guilia GT Junior which was due a renovation. At the time, seemed like a quick way to turn around work for ready-renovated, and I made a mistake going to his garage on a sunny afternoon... LOL
After I bought the car, I found a problem with poor timing/damp start. It went back umpteen times and finally narrowed down to the distributor having a hairline crack and letting in moisture. "WD40 as temporary fix", "will get you a new distributor" but then Nick went into hospital and didnt come out.
Now I would prefer to exchange the distributor for a more modern electronic ignition and a bigger spark capacitor. I know that's not original - but I remember there being so many stories of timing and damp start problems fixed with such a new ignition setup. It was a popular mod in the US if i remember correctly.
So, it is time to get it on the road again. However, I'm out of touch with the Alfa community - I have been living abroad - and now hope to find some recommendations on a garage that can help me with the (re-)restoration of the Duetto.
Any advice appreciated. I just spent two hours in the forum looking and searching around - but only came up with a couple of garages that are local - one I spoke to said they are booked out for renovation work until the end of 2014! Garages near Derbyshire +/- 50 miles preferred for logistics reasons, but would consider going further if put into the hands of someone who can give it the right TLC without Ferrari prices.
Any tips? Much appreciated...